Benicio Del Toro is perhaps Puerto Rico’s most well-known acting export, having starred in some of the 90s’ most memorable films. Through The Usual Suspects, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Traffic, Del Toro’s performances have been powerful, emotional and surreal at turns.
But perhaps his greatest acting challenge faced him when he took on the role of Ernesto “Che” Guevara for what would become a four-hour epic tale of the iconic revolutionary’s struggles in Cuba and Bolivia. At its premiere in Cannes, the result of Del Toro’s work landed him a Best Actor nod, and as the season progresses, tongues are wagging in his favour for Oscar glory.
On the promotional trail for the movie, RT caught up with Del Toro to learn more about taking on Che, and what it was like slipping into Rick Baker’s makeup to play The Wolf Man in this year’s upcoming blockbuster.
In the UK, Che Part One is out now. Che Part Two arrives on February 20th. In the US, both parts are released on 24th January.